When in comes to choose a specific style to use when shooting, I have no second thought: modernism and reporter/street photography are my picks. As I have already said before, Modernism and its black and white aggressive images are quite my style. I’ll never get tired of flicking through Strand archives and, in more recent time, the images of Bresson and Capa are a real inspiration for such small photographer I am. Here are some reminders of the caliber of their photographs:
The monochrome it’s definitely something that I like to use. Fortunately, I do not have any war to shoot so I will try to apply their style to my modest images. Stand, for example, would use his style to many different subjects such as architecture/landscape or portraiture, on a ‘modern’ prospective.
Paul Strand, ‘Backyards’
Modern, that’s the word; we are now on the following century and so I will so try to apply the same style to my own ‘modern’ environment. This would be me:
Me shooting in Strand style. The portrait is a highly conrasty portrait taken on a train station; in regards to the other two, I did pay extra attention in regards to the (so important) prospectives. The first is a very modern shopping center with a glass roof covered with water. The shadows of the different levels and the design of the structure really play an important role; the picture is taken from the ground floor toward the sky and really create an unusual effect. In regards to the Opera House, it’s just the aligned position of the two buildings and, obviously, the modern design of it.
In regards with Bresson, he made clear his disdain for the augmented image, one that had been enhanced by artificial light, dark room effects, even cropping. As he explained, “I suddenly understood that a simple photograph could fix eternity in an instant”:
And this would be me…
My bicycle shot really reminds me of the famous Bresson bicycle, surrealist, linear. I guess my previous shot of the shopping center could also fit…
In regards with Capa…well, I should not even say that I can possibly even imitate the maestro. James Nachtwey (another inspiring one for me) probably could. Myself…mmm I may just try my best. Once again no wars in sight, I may just try to apply the style to my modest everyday images:
Ok, my surrounding offers a bunch of options when it comes to street/reporter photography; homeless, buskers, markets… These are my picks:
What I tried to do was including people, action, feelings. Not quite as strong as a war reporter essay but that’s as far as I can go. I definitely like these style/photographer and I will keep shooting this way as long as I have the chance to do so.